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Op Ed

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Why Games Should Enter The Public Domain.
The idea that creativity is only feasible if thereís a financial reward is abundantly demonstrably false. For someone to make their living from creative pursuits relies on some sort of financial return, yes. Creativity is not dependent on its being oneís living. Thatís enormously crucial to remember. But even when talking about those seeking to make their living, the notion that a finite stretch of time in which exclusive profits can be made doesnít prevent anyone from becoming a multi-millionaire from their work. An eventual transition to the public domain would in no sense take away the financial incentive to create.

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6. Re: Op Ed Feb 4, 2014, 14:53 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 14:17:
Beamer wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 14:02:
HL is 16 years old. Why isn't Gearbox allowed to make their own HL game yet?! That would make the industry better!

It could star Mario and Sonic, too!

You joke, but if HL had entered the public domain, someone else may have picked up the mantle and provided us with another HL game. No one would make a HL game with Mario and Sonic b/c no one would buy it. Straw man argument.

It's the worst case scenario, but I don't see any good case scenarios. Do we really want Gearbox making a HL game?

Even if it was a good company making a HL game, wouldn't we rather they just make their own world and their own characters? Would HL have been as good if Valve just used Doom Guy?

China briefly had a creepy knock-off DisneyWorld. Is the world better if every supermarket has half-assed Mickeys walking around?
 
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